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This best TV show list represents the combined opinions of thousands of TV fans. Anyone can vote on this list of the best TV shows of recent memory, making this list a truly trustworthy way to find the best TV show. You can even add your own list to these TV show rankings.

Including shows like Friends and The X-Files, the best TV shows ever in the past 20 years features the latest television series as well as classics such as Seinfeld and Frasier. From sitcoms to dramas and animations to miniseries,  this list has got them all. If your favorite recent shows are missing, go ahead and add them!

What are the best TV shows of recent memory? Whether you're looking for the best TV shows to add to your Netflix queue or you just want to share your picks for the best TV series of the last few decades, this is the place to tune in to the tastes of TV fans around the world.

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+ - 4,571 4,047
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
+ - 5,210 3,621
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
+ - 4,947 2,574
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
+ - 4,918 3,726
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
+ - 4,187 3,485
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
+ - 3,669 3,592
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
+ - 3,434 2,514
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 3,061 3,034
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

9
+ - 3,398 3,282
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

10
+ - 4,576 3,103
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

11
+ - 3,695 2,578
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

12
+ - 2,866 2,308
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
+ - 3,389 3,063
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
+ - 3,947 2,655
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
+ - 3,109 2,956
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

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16
+ - 3,657 2,359
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

17
+ - 2,874 2,537
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
+ - 2,603 2,621
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
+ - 3,085 2,806
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

20
+ - 2,704 2,171
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

21
+ - 2,481 2,269
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

22
+ - 2,299 2,444
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

23
+ - 2,280 2,056
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

24
+ - 2,299 1,546
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

25
+ - 2,072 1,910
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

26
+ - 1,727 2,164
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
+ - 1,836 2,048
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
+ - 2,215 2,039
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

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+ - 1,890 1,723
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,959 1,891
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,496 1,868
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,571 1,459
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,816 1,504
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,563 1,754
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,339 1,390
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
+ - 1,304 1,168
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

37
+ - 1,492 2,012
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

38
+ - 1,424 1,718
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

39
+ - 1,474 1,171
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

40
+ - 1,505 1,392
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

41
+ - 1,498 1,765
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

42
+ - 1,735 1,546
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Frasier 1993

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+ - 1,244 1,633
Community is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

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+ - 1,035 1,466
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,365 1,494
Monk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

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+ - 1,253 1,300
ER is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

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+ - 1,158 1,805
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True Blood 2008

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+ - 1,670 1,558
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 1,270 1,460
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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+ - 890 1,249
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years